A visit to the EDUCO sponsored school at Lalbaug – Mumbai 2010

I had been planning to visit the educo run school for a while .Today i visited to the school with iain mcdonald .

The school is run on the Muktangan system of education

Muktangan is an educational programme that offers alternatives to orthodox educational practices. The project seeks to offer a sustainable model of quality education at an affordable cost for the economically deprived sections of the society.

The school is run from the BMC School at Abyudaya Nagar. The school is in a really bad condition with cracks all over the place . EDUCO has about 7 teachers and 9 helpers . This school runs parallel to the Municial School .You can at once see the difference in the quality of education in the two systems. It was sad to see the other municipal kids running all over the place with no teachers around (the municipal school is understaffed)

The computer rooms were empty – the teaching is outsourced to a guy who has 7 teachers who teach all over mumbai – could not find any teachers there . As the teachers are also used to be BMC school as substitute teachers….

Iain has his heart in the right place and is very receptive to new ideas . Hope he makes a small difference in these kids lives.

You can reach the school via train
1) Western Railway – get down at Lower Parel – walk to the end of platform No 1 . Walk to the over bridge – walk to the right towards the easy – take a left on NM Joshi Marg – take a left on Mahadev Palav Marg – walk straight – you will come to JIji bhai marg – walk straight you will come to sai baba marg (sai baba path) – you will pass the Kalpatrau mansion on the left walk ahead of finlay and you will come to the municipal school (marathi shala) on the right .
2) Central Railway – Get down at Curry Road.

By taxi /car take a left after the  ITC Grand Central, Mumbai ( 287, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Parel, Mumbai – 400 012) you will see FINLAY on the right going down the road further you will come to the school .

  Head School teacher required 

A fantastic challenge for an enthusiastic Head School teacher required in the Mumbai area to work on new exciting school project. 
Educo is a refreshing, new charity which provides funds to India to not only eradicate child poverty, but crucially, educate the younger impoverished generation so that ultimately they can lift themselves out of poverty and grow and provide independently. 
Educo www.educo.ie is a small group of working executives and volunteers operating with virtually no administrative support and with all costs borne by ourselves. In other words, a dynamic, forward-thinking charity or NGO that believes in spending every penny where it will have most benefit – children’s education.
To date we have funded three schools in Mumbai and Kolkata providing education for over 2300 children and plan to develop more schools by 2012. Our aim is to generate funds to provide even more.
Our ultimate goal is to Educate Children Out Of Poverty in order to create a long term future for them and their families.  
The ideal candidates will be……….. 
Experienced, Senior Head Teacher who feels they could take on a demanding but very rewarding role in driving and shaping impoverished children’s education focusing on English medium and computer studies that Educo believes are key to the children’s education.We practice the well known and approved Muktangan curriculum, based upon the HighScope model.  
Operational ..
You will be responsible for implementing and overseeing a new schooling development partnering with the Greater Mumbai Municipal Council right from the start and supervising its successful growth to maturity.   

You will be responsible for driving the overall vision, direction, Muktangan curriculum and organizational management of the project, assuring that the organization maintains its long-term strategy to achieve its mission. 
You will also be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of any additional activities carried out on the project, and managing staff on and day to day basis. Interpersonal skills with your team and external influencers will be key as well as recruitment talents of your own.   

You will have basic financial management and know how of school project finances 
Communications and Public Relations…
You will have public duties and interaction with school visitors and supporters,indirectly assisting to find corporate/ individual sponsors for project funding, and dealing with any reasonable requests from the EDUCO Management Board  
Language ..
You will be strong in spoken and written English and Hindi local language skills. Marathi skills looked upon favourably.  

Technology enabled..
A strong understanding of the power of learning and communication through global technology. A good knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of products, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint 

In general..
Above all you will be dynamic, committed, flexible  driven to relevant change, have leadership qualities and  be practical 
Key Competencies and Experience Requirement

  • An MSW or equivalent qualifications
  • Results-proven track record of middle or senior schooling  with working experience of 5 plus years.
  • Evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgement.
  • Ability to multi task and manage a range of stakeholder needs with students, staff and community.
  • Ability to effectively manage staff and create a healthy, positive and friendly work environment.
  • Desire to work hard and to look for challenges.


ONLY if you feel you fit this role then please apply to xxx website or www.Educo.ie with a cover letter and CV.  
Join the most dynamic NGO in India …. 


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